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Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Update

Updated 9th September 2020

This update reflects the latest government announcements regarding COVID-19 made up to the 9th September 2020.

Trust Services

Faced with the unprecedented challenges presented by the Covid pandemic, everybody involved with the Sara Lee Trust has had to react and to adapt rapidly over the last six months.

Throughout the pandemic the Trust has been able to maintain access to its care by providing a range of remote based services. Support available included counselling, group yoga (beginner and maintenance classes), mindfulness and carer support. The counselling team have done a tremendous job in meeting the increased level of need over the last few months, providing more hours of counselling than ever before.

With the support of our Service User Group we are currently evaluating the positive impact of our telephone/ online services with a view to integrating them into our core offering looking forward, but we will be resuming face to face when we are able.

Our complementary therapy team were not able to offer face to face appointments from mid-March, so this service was suspended for 5 months. On August the 10th the Sidley Therapy Centre opened its doors again with enhanced hygiene measures implemented and following government guidelines, with the utmost priority on the safety of our service users and staff. We were delighted with the positive response and the eagerness expressed by our service users to come and receive therapy care again.

Our complementary therapists are on a phased return as we are only offering complementary therapies from Sidley at the moment. But the good news is that we now have a date to recommence therapy services on St Michael's Hospice wards and also at the new Hub on the Hill in Rye. We will also be offering face to face counselling for the first time in the new rooms at Rye. Both of these services will be resumed mid to late September. We don’t have a date yet for home visits but hope they will re-start later on in the year.

For more information about our services please contact us on 01424 456 608 or email

Short video clips about the Trust and its work can be found on our YouTube Channel

Additional details on enhanced safety and hygiene measures operated at our centre are also available on YouTube here

Our support operations


The Fundraising Team are looking for volunteers who would like to become Friends of The Sara Lee Trust. Being a Friend means you’ll be part of a group holding its own fundraising activities to support the Trust – be that coffee mornings, raffles, challenges or anything else you can think of! You’ll be joining a group of enthusiastic, friendly and supportive people who want to help make a difference. If you are interested in becoming a Friend, please contact

Join us on Tuesday 15th September at 7pm for our Virtual Quiz Night with host Rick Hough. Why not order a takeaway or pour yourself a glass of wine, and Zoom in for a relaxed evening of quizzing fun from the comfort of home. You can book your team ticket, and there’s a chance to enter our special Prize Draw as well.

The Team would like to once again thank everyone who has donated during the coronavirus crisis. Your donations are so important, and have allowed The Trust to continue delivering care of the very highest quality to local people. Thank you.

Charity Retail

Our shops have now been open for several few weeks and sales have been generally positive. Our retail team of staff and volunteers has worked incredibly hard to ensure a safe and enjoyable shopping experience for all our customers. If you have not already had the opportunity, please call in at one of our shops in Bexhill (Western Road and Endwell Road), Silverhill or Ore. Our shop in Sidley will re-open on the 16th of September.

Thank you also to everyone who has been donating goods – unfortunately, due to the sheer volume of donations and to infection control procedures, we are having to restrict opening times at our Donation Centre in Bexhill (Unit 10 Beeching Park, Bexhill) and general arrangements for donations. You can find information about shop and Donation Centre opening as well as how to make donations through our website:

If you are interested in supporting us through retail please visit our Retail Website or contact for more information.

Trust wide

The disruptive impact of the pandemic is likely to continue for many months, particularly in relation to our fundraising activities. We are hugely grateful to you all for your continued wonderful support which is so very vital to the continuation of our services.

With our thanks and best wishes,

The Sara Lee Trust Team

How to help limit the spread of the Virus

We cannot emphasise strongly enough the importance of hand washing on a regular basis, such as after you blow your nose, cough or sneeze or before you eat or handle food, as well as sanitising your hands if there are no hand washing facilities available. Also, to remember to ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ in the event of any common cold symptoms.

What guidance is available from the NHS?

NHS Advice

NHS 111 Online - general advice and symptom checker

What advice is there from the UK Government?

UK Government advice

The Sara Lee Trust is a much needed service for patients who have a medical condition which is severely impacting on their lives. The service is invaluable for providing patients with supportive care either through complementary therapies or counselling, when they are struggling to cope with their situation. Not only is it a great support for the patients but this also extends to family members who are often just as stressed if not more so than the patient.

Karen Angel - ESHT Macmillan Specialist Dietitian

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